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Dennis C. Whittam January 28, 1953 ~ July 7, 2023 (age 70)

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It’s with heartfelt sorrow that we announce the passing of Dennis C. Whittam. Dennis was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. Dennis was a dedicated and passionate educator for 30 years at Lynbrook North Middle School. As an educator he worked with his hands and was able to pass on his wealth of knowledge and skills to generations of students, who he cared for in the same manner that he cared for his own family. Dennis was an adoring husband and passionate father, he loved his family like no other and happily welcomed his daughter’s partners into his family. 

Dennis was a man of many talents including music, woodworking, and photography. He lived a long and fulfilling life filled with joy brought upon by his many hobbies, his loving family and many friends. In addition to his many talents, he was lifetime member of the Terryville Fire Department.

Dennis was active in the department until his passing, serving not only as an Ex-Captain of Engine Company Two, but also as the Department Safety Officer and Public Information Officer.  

Dennis was a well known figure in the fire and emergency services community. As a Deputy Fire Coordinator for Suffolk County Fire Rescue (FC-43), Dennis was a common fixture at many fire scenes and large scale drills. Until his passing, Dennis was serving as President of the Suffolk County Vocational Extension & Education Board (VEEB).

Many of you have read his monthly editorials in Fire News where he worked as their Editor-In-Chief.  He strived to make sure his editorials were meaningful and impactful, especially to our younger generation of first responders.

In 2014, Dennis was appointed an Honorary Battalion Chief by the Commissioner of the FDNY.  He was a member of the FDNY Honor Legion and Bell Club.

In 2019, he received a proclamation from the Suffolk County Legislature for his dedication to the fire and EMS community.

Rarely without a smile, Dennis was always willing to lend a hand or offer his services. Especially if it involved his camera. His love for the fire service was evident and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

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